A federal judge ruled today that all Texans qualify to vote by mail as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, which The Texas Tribune wrote, "opened a path for a massive expansion in absentee voting in Texas." The order is part of an ongoing legal battle.

From the Tribune:


"In a lengthy order, opened by quoting the preamble to the Declaration of Independence, [Judge Fred] Biery said he had concerns for the health and safety of voters and stated the right to vote 'should not be elusively based on the whims of nature.'"

In a poll over the weekend, 85% of Austonia readers said that voting by mail should be allowed in 2020.

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Austin FC is one seat closer to opening the doors to its new stadium for the 2021 Major League Soccer season.

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I'm very proud and pleased to tell you that the Austonia team has been selected as a finalist for a nationwide award—Best Emerging (New) Publisher, from the Local Independent Online News Publishers association, the industry group for local digital news sites like ours.

View the 2020 LION awards finalists here.

Recognition like this from our peer group motivates us to work even harder on our mission of connecting you to our ever-changing city.

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